Stop Prop 16

Proposition 16 would amend the constitution by altering the necessary qualifications for CCA programs. Under the act, a potential local municipal utility would need to gain the approval of two-thirds of the voters who live in the area the utility would cover. Two-thirds approval would also be required for a CCA program to expand electric services to a new area or new customers. A provision of Prop 16 requires a two-thirds vote before new customers can obtain electric power in any municipal utility district. Realtors and small business groups fear that whenever a home is sold in Los Angeles, Sacramento and another municipal electric district, a two-thirds vote is needed before that homeowner can get an electric hook up. The same is true for any new business that opens in these cities. And since prop 16 affirmative action is a constitutional amendment, the legislature cannot tweak it to correct any drafting errors. At a time when we are inching towards recovery from a prolonged recession, the last thing California needs is a new impediment to housing sales or job growth.